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“Very unique!!”
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Mongena Game Lodge
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“Very unique!!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

It is abselutly GORGEOUS and you get to see at least 3 or 4 of the Big 5 it is so much fun for young and old and the weddings are absolutely spectacular!!! And they are never the same!!! :) Good job I loved it!!!!

  • Stayed March 2013
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Durham, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Had the honeymoom suite - fabulous. Resident crocodile - added bonus! We couldn't fault the restaurant - excellent food and great service. Extra activities day and night would be great, though we saw team building exercises with companies that looked fun. Andries was our guide for the jeep safaris and was excellent. The tracker guy had an amazing ability to find the aminals, and up close! Well worth it and well in budget - great value.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Beacon Bay; East London
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

What we liked about Mongena Game Lodge was that it is just a short trip from the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. With it's convenient location and excellent food, Mongena is a lovely destination for a weekend away and is also an ideal venue for business breakaways and even a wedding or similar type of function.
The only disappointment was that, on arrival, we had to lug our own luggage with not one offer of assistance - something which one can normally expect from a lodge of this standard and price. The food was however excellent and this, together with the well appointed rooms more than made up for this one small blemish to what was otherwise a lovely stay. The game drives at R200 per head were also felt to be a little expensive, perhaps the owners should consider a discount for residents and/or a bulk family discount.

Room Tip: Ask for a free-standing room...some rooms are adjoining and the sound travels through the thatch cei...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Morton, Illinois
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

My husband and I were in SA visiting family and went to Mongena for a night away. It's a really lovely game lodge. The room was fantastic - a really gorgeous "Out-Of-Africa" vibe with the decor.The room was spotless and comfortable. The only thing we could find fault with was that they had very few tv channels.(very minor gripe) We got in mid afternoon and got checked in. We went for lunch before out late afternoon game drive at their restaurant over looking their small dam, which is really stunning, Such a relaxing view. Our only gripe was that it took a long time to get service, which wouldn't have been an issue but we got a little antsy because of our upcoming game drive. The game drive was good. Dinner was excellent. We were a bit disappointed at that our check out marred an otherwise perfect experience. We had booked via Expedia, and as one does on Expedia -paid in full up front. When we checked out we were informed that what we had paid on Expedia, and the lodges rate were not the same, and therefore, we would need to pay the shortfall. Needless to say , my husband took issue with this, as it is not our problem if the lodge does not get the rate they would like off of Expedia - this is an issue between them and Expedia.We paid the rate we were quoted. After much back and forth, the matter was settled, but it did leave a bit of a bad taste in our mouths. I would suggest that management that they not advertise on Expedia if they are not happy with the rate they receive, and not try to shift their displeasure onto their guests. Overall though, we will be back - albeit not booking through Expedia ;)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

Our first time in South Africa, and first safari. Truly amazing and exceptionally good value for money. All staff were extremely firendly and our guides very knowledgeablle - Andries, Gavin and Peter - who wanted to show us as much as possible. Saw a lion - giraffes and elephants came very close to the jeep - wilderbeast, zebras, monkeys in trees etc. Did a walking safari and stood 20 metres away from a rhino hiding, behind a tree - awesome. Did a sunset cruise and saw hippos with their calf - beautiful. The food was fantasic (even though the 1st and 2nd chef were on holiday - surely they can't be better than the 3rd chef!) with a lovely restaurant overlooking the lake with a resident crocodile who perches below in anticioation of leftovers from guests! We had gluten free, vegetarian and fish but no meet included in our party - all well catered for. The accommodations and setting are very nice, especially the honemoon suite. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: The honeymoon suite is beautiful. The family suites are very large.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Key Largo, Florida
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We had a wonderful time at Mongena Game Lodge inside the Dinokeng Reserve. We went for a 2 night weekend stay. Our rangers (Gavin, Monique & Pieter) and trackers (Rexson and Goodman) made for exciting times during our two game drives and game walk. We saw much wildlife, including up close to a cheetah on our game walk, and a jackal! Add to that, on our game drives, we again saw cheetah, elephant, giraffe (walking straight at us!), crocodile, and up close to a group of white rhinos that crossed right in front of our rover! Of course, the warthogs, zebra, many antelopes, birds and even some young hippos. Had a wonderful time. I will also add that the food was excellent, service in the Kingfisher restaurant was supreme, and the attitude of the staff overall excellent as well. Lodging was comfortable and very clean. We will definitely return!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

we managed to go to Mongena Game lodge in January 2012, the convenience of it being so close to home was an absolute treat, then on arrival the peace and quite that we experienced along with the friendly and incredibly helpful staff was fantastic. The Game ranger and tracker were unbelievable in their quest to show us as much wildlife as possible not to mention their knowledge of the wildlife as well as the stories that they told. Overall an experience I wish to have again really soon.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Mongena Game Lodge
Address: JR87 Boekenhoutkloof, Rust de Winter Road D48 | Dinokeng Game Reserve, Hammanskraal 0400, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Gauteng > Hammanskraal
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Hammanskraal
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Mongena Game Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This 63 bed, 4 star rated, non-self catering Lodge is situated in the north-western section of the 18,500 ha free roaming big 5 Dinokeng Game Reserve and is accessible by tarred main road, 40 minutes from Tshwane/Pretoria and 1.5 hr from Johannesburg/O.R.Tambo Airport in the province of Gauteng, South Africa. The lodge boasts 25 tastefully furnished air-conditioned thatched chalets/rooms including a honeymoon suite, with private bathrooms comprising of bath and/or shower, room safes, coffee/tea stations, DSTV TV programmes and internet access. A state-of-the art conference centre, boardrooms, sparkling swimming pool, Tshukudu outdoor bar, a romantic chapel for weddings and Kingfisher a la carte Restaurant situated next to the small lake in main lodge overlooking the plains of the Game Reserve completes the offerings at the main camp. Kingfisher is well-known for its superb cuisine and is open to inhouse and day visitors 7 days a week. Mongena specializes in quality guided game drives, bushwalks and sunset cruises for inhouse guests as well as day visitors longing for an African safari experience. ... more   less 
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